Giardiniera – A Chicago Specialty

Since we’ve moved overseas, we crave many things from home. Twizzlers, McCormicks celery salt, Sweet Baby Rays bbq sauce, dill pickles, the list goes on and on. One of our favorites is giardiniera and while we bring back with us bottles of this and that, let’s be honest, with the overweight-charge rates the airlines are […]

Apple Galette

When the air grows cool and crisp, I start reminiscing about an apple-picking weekend trip we’d taken several years ago to the orchards along the lake shores of southwestern Michigan. Rows upon rows of trees heavy with the most beautiful red, yellow, and green apples, begging to be picked and eaten on the spot. As […]

Beouf Bourguignon

If you love beef stew, you will love this classic French version, called boeuf bourguignon. Although putting boeuf bourguignon in the same category with common beef stew just doesn’t seem right. The first time I tasted this dish was in Paris, on our 9th wedding anniversary, sitting at a small restaurant near the banks of […]

Pear Clafoutis

I’m a sucker for fruit desserts. Truth be told, I usually reach for these desserts before chocolate. I know, I know… I’m crazy, aren’t I? There’s something about the sugary, caramelized, fruit that has me wanting another bite. No matter whether its freshly baked banana or blueberry muffins, or any variation of fruit tart, I’m […]

Casseroled Artichokes from Larousse Gastronomique

In the States artichokes are usually in season around springtime, and here in central Europe you can find them in the spring and autumn. After having lunch today with Jason, I saw a large bushel of artichokes for 2€ each, across the street at a small farmer’s market/store where you can find the farmer herself […]

Croque Monsieur

A croque-monsieur (or a Mister Crunchy!) is a delicious french baked ham and Gruyère sandwich topped with more Gruyère and broiled to crispy, bubbly perfection. I remember the first time I had one, it was three years ago in Paris. After reading many recipes on how to make them and what they’re suppose to look […]

Quiche Alsacienne with Fennel Arugula Salad

While living in Europe for almost four years, we’ve grown quite fond of cheese and bread. Sometimes, it’s all we have for dinner, with a nice bottle of wine of course. A nice steinofen baguette (stone oven baguette), a bottle of Corbières, and a variety of cheeses, such as brie and camembert. On August 3 we celebrated our […]